The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2017 will interrogate the definition of “smart” towers and high-rise development, seeking to shed light on what the smart identity truly encompasses. From innovative building façade, interior building systems, energy saving mechanisms and efficient features, the skyscrapers of today have come a long way, since the first skyscraper was constructed in the 19th century.
A range of expert speakers including architects, engineers, urban planners, designers, professors and consultants who have worked on some of the most exciting high-rise projects across Australia and abroad will take the stage to discuss the future of Australia’s high-rise building practice. Among them, Director of Arup, Alistair Guthrie a holistic approach for optimal results to sustainable design practices. As well as design, his presentation will discuss bringing industry and end users together.
With expertise in the application of building physics to find innovative, integrated and sustainable solutions to help create some of the world’s best architecture, Guthrie has worked on sustainability design for projects as diverse as the Shard in London, the Yongsan landmark tower, KT tower in Seoul and CCTV building in Beijing. He also led the Arup design team for a number of LEED platinum rated projects such as the California academy of science in San Francisco and SNFCC cultural centre in Athens.
A key feature of smart skyscrapers is their location. “Smart location, on or near a public transport hub, so that getting many people to a small footprint does not impact on road networks”, says Guthrie, is imperative to cohesive high-density living in urban environs, as our cities continue to grow upward and outward.
Another important aspect to consider in constructing a smart skyscraper is the building façade. According to Guthrie, “it needs to be an excellent modifier of the climate, which will vary depending on location in Australia and also needs to be able to use the available climate, sun, wind and air, to keep operating energy low”. This approach greatly contributes to the sustainable and green character of skyscrapers which will have to negotiate the differences and nuances of the unique climate conditions of Australia’s major cities.
Cutting down on waste and expenditure in construction is an additional benefit of working with smart design as the “building structure minimises the use of material through smart design”, says Guthrie.
Smart design can also incorporate building systems such as air conditioning, lighting and vertical transport systems which respond directly to individual user needs rather than predetermined conditions, says Guthrie. Another smart move in high-rise design sees the “the benefit of combining spaces with more than one function e.g. office, residential and hotel”.
The Australian Smart Skyscrapers agenda will profile major high-rise projects incorporating sustainable design features around Australia.
Mark Giles, Senior Associate, PTW Architects will discuss the impressive environmentally friendly design concept behind one of the world’s best tall buildings, Sydney’s One Central Park. The structure boasts the tallest vertical garden, over 1100 square metres, in the world.
Receiving multiple awards for its environmentally friendly building design, Sydney’s 1 Bligh skyscraper has set a benchmark for sustainable design. Ray Brown, Managing Director, Architectus, examines the skyscraper’s innovative green features which incorporate a central atrium, double skin façade, air conditioning, energy generation, solar panels, black water recycling and recycled rain water.
The Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit will be held on the 28-29th March 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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